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Old-School Cool: Check Out These Classic Mitsubishi Commercials

Classic Mitsubishi Commercials | Larry Jay Mitsubishi| Charlotte, NC

Are you ready for your daily dose of 90s throwback? The News Wheel recently dipped into the Mitsubishi vault of old ads and resurrected these classic Mitsubishi commercials from the 1990s. Be ready for a nostalgic drive down memory lane in your 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

  • This 1990 Eclipse GS commercial is the oldest on the watch list today. Funnily enough, the ad foreshadows the 2017 eclipse that we celebrated in August of last year. But back in 1990, it was nearly 30 years away. Watch the clip here.
  • The 1992 Eclipse ad features a 1991 Mitsubishi 3000 GT alongside the 1992 Eclipse and “Dueling Banjos.” Watch the clip here.
  • The 1995 Eclipse commercial gets a little weird when it pokes fun at an old man and his broken down truck, passed unhelpfully by a wicked fast 1995 Eclipse Cross with 210 horsepower. Watch the clip here.
  • The 1999 Eclipse ad is the first of this series, not star the same narrator. Instead, we are made to read the words, “You still have your youth. Get our and misspend some of it,” which seems to imply we should do that in the 1999 Eclipse. Watch the clip here.

As great as the 90s were, however, the current decade definitely has its own exciting advantages — like the new 2019 lineup of Mitsubishi models. Take one for a test drive when you visit us at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

Winterizing Your Vehicle is Easy with These Simple Tips

Winterizing Your Vehicle | Charlotte, NC

Whether you love the cold or already miss the long, hot summer days, the coldest months of the year are just around the corner. That means it’s time to get your car ready for winter. Not sure where to start? Check out these simple tips for preparing your vehicle to weather this season.

Test the battery

Cooler temperatures put additional strain on your car’s battery, so it’s important to test your vehicle’s battery before the weather shifts. We recommend having a trained technician at a dealership test the battery.

Replace wiper blades

Between inclement weather and road salt, your car’s wiper blades can really take a beating during the winter months. If your car’s windshield wiper blades are cracked, bent, or just not working as well as they used to, it’s best to change them now before they pose a safety hazard. 

Monitor the tires

Tires are extremely important when it comes to overall car safety, and this is especially true in winter. Make a habit of keeping an eye on tire pressure, alignment and tread this season. You might also consider investing in a dedicated set of winter tires for even more traction on slippery roads.

Stow an emergency kit

Finally, it is important to keep a few emergency items in your vehicle over the winter. Before the weather turns chilly, pack an emergency kit and keep it in your vehicle. Include items like warm clothes, nonperishable food, water bottles, and a battery-powered smartphone charger. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use this kit, but if an emergency happens, it could be a lifesaver.

For more strategies on preparing your vehicle for winter, contact us at Larry Jay Mitsubishi. We can also set you up with a maintenance appointment with one of our certified technicians.

Enjoy the Beautiful North Carolina Foliage in a New Mitsubishi Vehicle

North Carolina Fall Colors | Charlotte, NC

Fall is the perfect time to rediscover the sheer joy of driving. It’s also the only time of year to enjoy the beautiful North Carolina colors on display.

Exploring the autumnal landscape usually involves road-tripping, however. So, you’ll need the right car for the job. Luckily, Mitsubishi has you covered. From the fun and efficient 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 to the luxuriously versatile Outlander SUV, there’s definitely a Mitsubishi model to suit each driver.

Due to unseasonably high temperatures at the beginning of the season, experts have pushed back peak fall color dates an average of five days throughout North Carolina. This means you still have plenty of time to plan the perfect fall color road trip and to catch the foliage at its most vibrant.

Along the Blue Ridge Parkway, peak viewing time should be during Oct. 12-25. This includes most of the Great Smoking Mountains National Park, as well as the Boone and Blowing Rock areas.

At slightly lower elevations, such as in the Pisgah National Forest, peak viewing time will be later in the month, around Oct. 24-31.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, less-elevated areas like Gatlinburg and Chimney Rock will boast later peak times. The foliage should be at its most vibrant from Oct. 31 through Nov.13.

Stop by Larry Jay Mitsubishi to test-drive a new 2019 Mitsubishi, or to service your current Mitsubishi to ensure that it’s safe and sound for your fall travels.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s Battery Life Extended

Outlander PHEV’s battery life

There is no denying the growing popularity and allure of driving an electric car. For many people, they want to live a greener lifestyle, while others want to be able to save on fuel costs. Whatever your reason for wanting something electric, it is a good one. As the popularity increases, the technology improves. For the 2019 model year, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s battery life is getting even better.

Mitsubishi has announced a 10 percent increase in its battery capacity. This comes from a switch to a 2.4-liter Atkinson Cycle inline four-cylinder engine, compared to a 2.0-liter engine for the 2018 model year. With this new engine and its new 13.8 kWh battery pack, it will offer an electric driving range of 28 miles. The 2018 model has an electric range of 22 miles.

Along with its increased range, the Outlander PHEV is getting a boost in power, too. The electric motor’s output gets a boost of 10 percent to deliver 95 horsepower on its own. This brings the total output to 135 horsepower. The electric mode top speed has increased to 84 mph from just 78 mph last year.

The upgrades are not just performance related. The interior gets some updates, too. There will be new leather seats in the front and more climate control vents for back seat passengers to enjoy.

Stop by Larry Jay Mitsubishi to test-drive the 2019 Outlander PHEV.

Get the Best Burgers in the United States at Al’s Burger Shack

best burgers in the United States

From a big, juicy patty to all the toppings that come with it, there’s nothing quite like biting into a delicious burger. Have you ever wondered, though, where you can find the best burgers in the United States? Lucky for us here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi, the best burgers in the nation can be found right in our wonderful state of North Carolina, at Al’s Burger Shack.

Located in Chapel Hill, about two hours away from us here in Charlotte, Al’s was recently awarded the title of Best Burgers in America from Food & Wine magazine and Trip Advisor. It received this award after Trip Advisor analyzed millions of user reviews and rankings. It came out on top mostly due to its signature burger — the Bobo Chili Cheeseburger — which comes toped with chili sauce, coleslaw, onion, yellow mustard, and American cheese.

Beyond its food, Al’s is worth a visit just for the atmosphere alone. Because of its location right in the heart of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s campus, this eatery has a laidback feel that is only enhanced by its shack-like décor and its super-friendly staff.

So, if you’re hankering for a delicious burger and find yourself with your time, we here at Larry Jay’s think it’s a great idea to hop in your Mitsubishi and head to Al’s.

Visit the Oldest Diner in North Carolina for a Big Dose of Nostalgia

oldest diner in North Carolina

If you are looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon this month, you should drive to Mt. Airy and have lunch at the oldest diner in North Carolina. Snappy Lunch served its first meal on North Main Street in 1923 and has been doing it almost every day in the same spot ever since.

When the diner first opened, the town’s population was under 5,000. Today, that number has more than doubled with an estimated 10,347 residents in Mt. Airy. In addition, the area gets its fair share of tourists looking for a taste of Mayberry — the fictional town made famous by Mt. Airy’s own Andy Griffith.

Griffith used to eat at the diner as a young boy and mentioned it frequently in interviews. It even earned a mention in The Andy Griffith Show, making it a key stopping point for fans of the show.

When visiting Snappy Lunch, most people choose the house specialty, the pork chop sandwich. It is a big slab of pork, topped with coleslaw, and squeezed between two buns. It is just as big, messy, and delicious as it sounds.

The diner is opened for breakfast and lunch six days a week. Locals know that if there is still a line at closing time, the diner will stay open until it has served everyone.

For more suggestions on where to eat in the Mt. Airy region, contact us at Larry Jay Mitsubishi. We’ll be happy to recommend our favorites.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s Battery Life Extended

Outlander PHEV’s battery life

There is no denying the growing popularity and allure of driving an electric car. For many people, they want to live a greener lifestyle, while others want to be able to save on fuel costs. Whatever your reason for wanting something electric, it is a good one. As the popularity increases, the technology improves. For the 2019 model year, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s battery life is getting even better.

Mitsubishi has announced a 10 percent increase in its battery capacity. This comes from a switch to a 2.4-liter Atkinson Cycle inline four-cylinder engine, compared to a 2.0-liter engine for the 2018 model year. With this new engine and its new 13.8 kWh battery pack, it will offer an electric driving range of 28 miles. The 2018 model has an electric range of 22 miles.

Along with its increased range, the Outlander PHEV is getting a boost in power, too. The electric motor’s output gets a boost of 10 percent to deliver 95 horsepower on its own. This brings the total output to 135 horsepower. The electric mode top speed has increased to 84 mph from just 78 mph last year.

The upgrades are not just performance related. The interior gets some updates, too. There will be new leather seats in the front and more climate control vents for back seat passengers to enjoy.

Stop by Larry Jay Mitsubishi to test-drive the 2019 Outlander PHEV.

Complete Your Summer at North Carolina’s Wet N Wild Waterpark

Wet N Wild Waterpark

North Carolina has its fair share of pools and beaches, but there’s nothing quite like a waterpark. If you’re looking for a fun day trip to take in your new Mitsubishi from us here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi, the first place you drive to should be the Wet N Wild waterpark in Greensboro. Just an hour or so away from Charlotte, this venue will have the whole family keeping cool and happy in the summertime.

Featuring over 36 different water slides and rides sprawling over 42 acres, Wet N Wild hosts year-round events, is great for accommodating groups and birthday parties, and even lets visitors rent their own private cabana for the day. Older swimmers will enjoy adrenaline-pumping rides like the devil’s drop, while the kids can splash and play in Leisure Lagoon, Splash Island, and Shipwreck Cove.

Curb your hunger and quench your thirst onsite with tasty fare like turkey legs and ice cream. Before you head home, stop by the gift shop to grab some souvenirs to help commemorate your visit.

For more ways to stay cool this summer, contact us at Larry Jay Mitsubishi. We can also set you up with a test drive, if you’re in the market for a new family-hauler to transport you on new adventures.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Wins Title of “Best Green Winter Vehicle”

Best Green Winter Vehicle

Mitsubishi hit the jackpot with the Outlander PHEV. The award-winning Mitsubishi Outlander already made waves in the SUV segment after its 2016 redesign, and the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was highly anticipated in the U.S. as the first-ever hybrid SUV at its price point. Now, it’s getting attention with a new accolade, as the New England Motor Press Association’s “Best Green Winter Vehicle.”

Winters aren’t as tough here in North Carolina as they are up in New England, but having a member of the hybrid segment that can handle hazardous weather and slippery road conditions always comes in handy. Features like traction control and all-wheel drive proved themselves capable when tested on New England roads in the wintertime. Plus, with add-ons like heated seats and side mirrors in addition to active driver assist features, as well as de-icers for the front and rear windshields, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV helps take the headache out of navigating slick roads.

The fact that the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV provides hybrid fuel economy in addition to all of its SUV capabilities is what made it the clear winner of the “Best Green Winter Vehicle” award. Even though it’s summertime here in Charlotte, it never hurts to prepare yourself for winter driving later this year.

Mitsubishi Wins Awards for Innovation and Design

Mitsubishi Wins Awards

It’s never surprising when Mitsubishi wins awards. The brand is constantly revising its current lineup and updating with new vehicles to match the ever-evolving needs of the modern driver. So when Mitsubishi won two GOOD DESIGN awards this spring, the news came as no surprise.

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design GOOD DESIGN is an award program that started back in 1950. The contest awards brands that prioritize innovation, as well as progressive designs which help push the industry into new territory.

This year, Mitsubishi received one award for the new Eclipse Cross and one award for the GT-PHEV Concept. The 2018 Eclipse Cross is the newest vehicle in the Mitsubishi lineup. The new crossover takes its name from the Mitsubishi Eclipse, a beloved sport car no longer in production. The modern design of the Eclipse Cross pays homage to its namesake with a sleek design and performance functions such as available all-wheel drive.

The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept debuted at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. It has no plans to be in production at any point, but rather serves as a model for the direction that Mitsubishi aims to go with design and innovation. Since the GT-PHEV Concept foreshadows the future of this pioneering company, it’s no wonder it received honors for influencing the design of the automotive industry as a whole.

Visit us at Larry Jay Mitsubishi to test drive the 2018 Eclipse Cross or to take one of the brand’s other stylish models for a whirl.

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